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  • Inmate letters, surprise discovery reveal depth of late chaplain’s ministry
    September 18, 2023  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Monica Ladisa never knew the full scope of it all.

    She was very much aware that her husband of 48 years, Michael Ladisa, worked tirelessly for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Office of Restorative Justice’s prison ministry. The hundreds of hours driving thousands of miles for more than a decade, often spending the night away from their home to connect with a prison community few were willing to become immersed with.

  • Serra High students launch experiment into space with NASA’s help
    September 12, 2023  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    On the night of Aug. 1, Christopher Holbert did something unusual.

    To the sound of crickets, he put a blanket down in his backyard in Torrance, laid on his back, and gazed at the sky.

  • How this LA teen goes above and beyond
    September 6, 2023  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    A 50-pound pack on his back, Matthew Krzewinski slogged up the steep mountain trail, rain and mud making the 3,000 climb even more taxing.

  • How the Church is helping heal fire-ravaged Maui
    August 28, 2023  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    At dawn on Tuesday, Aug. 8, Hurricane Dora churned 600 miles off Hawaii, but its winds had already torn a solar panel off the roof of Sacred Hearts School at historic Maria Lanakila Parish in Lahaina Town on Maui. Principal Tonata Ah Lolesio sent her maintenance man husband up a ladder to attempt repairs, but he was nearly blown over.

  • How to help Maui
    August 28, 2023  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Catholic leaders in Hawaii are offering advice and opportunities to help fire survivors.

    Cash and gift cards to major chain stores — Target, Walmart, Macys, and Safeway among them — are needed most. They are begging people not to send clothes, which are a logistical nightmare to sort and distribute. And they are aware of how much help the Catholics of the Archdiocese of LA are giving.

  • LA parishes to hold second collection for Maui wildfire relief
    August 17, 2023  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Catholic parishes across the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have been asked to hold a special collection at weekend Masses for victims of the devastating wildfires in Maui this month.

  • LA youth moved to ‘keep up with Jesus’ at WYD, City of Saints events
    August 15, 2023  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    The dark night was suddenly lit up by candles, revealing young faces peaceful in prayer.

    After a jam-packed day at the City of Saints Teen Conference, the flickering votives, bearing the image of Blessed Carlo Acutis, signaled it was a time for the youth to slow down and share.

  • New Vicar General, Vicar for Clergy named for Archdiocese of LA
    August 14, 2023  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Two LA priests have been named to leadership positions for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles following the appointments of four new auxiliary bishops.

  • AI and faith go hand in hand at 2023 C3 Conference
    August 9, 2023  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    For the hundreds of educators, school administrators, and faith leaders attending the 2023 Catholic Communication Collaboration, known as the C3 Conference, discussion about artificial intelligence (AI) wasn’t the elephant in the room so much as the camel in the gymnasium.

  • Inside the plan to save a historic chapel for veterans on the Westside
    August 7, 2023  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    The last time Msgr. Lloyd Torgerson paid a visit to the Wadsworth Chapel on the Veterans Administration’s (VA) north campus in West LA was last April, off the heels of a record-breaking rainy season in the region.